Curtis Nelson is a big hit with Plymouth Argyle boss
THE CONSISTENT performances of 19-year-old defender Curtis Nelson have been a plus point from what has been another disappointing season for Plymouth Argyle.
John Sheridan was only appointed as the Pilgrims boss three weeks ago, after succeeding Carl Fletcher, but has already been struck by the ability and attitude of the former England under-18 international.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: "I definitely think he's a player with potential. He has got good parts to his game.
"He's probably too aggressive – not in a nasty way, I think he wants to win the ball too much – but I expect that as a young player.
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"He's enthusiastic. I can see good things in him and, at the same time, I can see things he really needs to improve on.
"All managers are different and they say different things to different players.
"Hopefully, he will take on board what I'm telling him and, hopefully, it will make him a better player."
Sheridan added: "I like him. I think he's a young kid who wants to do well. He comes in and trains properly every day, which is a big plus, and he wants to get better."
Nelson does not celebrate his 20th birthday until May but he has already made 86 first team appearances for Argyle.
He was given his debut by former Argyle manager Peter Reid as a 17-year-old substitute in a League Cup first round tie against Millwall at Home Park in August 2010.
Nelson ended up being named as the Pilgrims' young player-of-the-year for 2010/11, as the club were relegated from League One after a 10-point deduction for entering administration.
He started this season playing at right-back but, recently, has been a regular in the centre of defence.
There is a possibility Nelson could clock up 100 career appearances for Argyle before the end of the campaign, which would be quite a feat for someone of his age.
Sheridan said: "I don't tell 19 or 20-year-olds things so they are going to play in this league for the rest of their careers.
"I'm trying to tell them things which are going to make them better players and play at a higher level. Hopefully, it's with Plymouth but, if not, it's for them as individuals.
"I think he (Nelson) is the type of lad who will listen and the quicker it settles in his head it will benefit his game."